Pain Posts

How to Strengthen Your Rotator Cuff Muscles at Home

How to Strengthen Your Rotator Cuff Muscles at Home In our last blog, we discussed a variety of different shoulder complaints that we do very well at treating here at our Orlando chiropractic office. I want to share a little more about the rotator cuff. First, you need to understand what the rotator cuff is and does. A lot of people use this word completely wrong. I hear rotator cup a lot—rotator cup, like a cup of coffee. I don’t know what people are hearing when we’re saying this stuff, but the rotator cuff is four muscles that come across from your back across, and they all insert into your shoulder. These muscles allow you to move your arm out and in, and they are very easy to injure. Everyone thinks these are big, healthy muscles or big, thick muscles. Actually, they’re teeny, tiny strips of muscle that...

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How Your Chiropractor Can Help With Shoulder Injuries

How Your Chiropractor Can Help With Shoulder Injuries Let’s talk about shoulder pain. Many people think of chiropractors only in the context of back pain, neck pain, and headaches because we have reams of research that prove that we do very well with these things. But it’s much less well known by the general population that chiropractors can be very effective at treating shoulders. CAUSES OF SHOULDER PAIN When we discuss shoulder pain, understand that, much like back pain, there are a lot of different causes. Your shoulder pain may not be like any of the types we will cover here. It is essential to get a correct diagnosis from your medical doctor, chiropractor, and physical therapist before you begin any treatment programs. The shoulder is a complex collection of joints, muscles, and connective tissues designed to have extra range of motion compared to our hips, but...

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How Long Does It Take To Recover From Whiplash?

How Long Does It Take To Recover From Whiplash? Let’s talk a little bit about whiplash. Why do some people get better quickly after whiplash and others take a little bit longer to feel better? It’s been estimated that about 50% of Americans live with chronic pain right now, most commonly low back pain, knee pain, headaches, and neck pain in that order. And these pains make up about 95% of the reason why people go to the chiropractor. Whether you call us Nite Lite Chiropractic, Night lite, or Night Light Chiropractic, so many people show up here at our office because of whiplash. When people have neck pain, back pain, or headaches, they go to the chiropractor. And the reason for that is that spinal manipulation. Adjustments to the spine have been proven to be great at reducing some of that pain, and chiropractic adjustment are on...

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Sneezing and Back Pain (Learn the Right Way to Sneeze)

  Have you ever injured your back by sneezing? It’s getting cooler here in Central Florida, and with colder weather comes cold and flus, right? People are packed inside more with other people who are sick and then they in turn get sick. You actually don’t get sick from being outside in the cold. A lot of times you get sick because your immune system is lowered, and you are around people who have all these other sicknesses and conditions. And then along with that comes sneezing, right? I’d like to talk a little about sneezing because everyone out there has sneezed and sneezing is an incredible source of lower back pain. When you sneeze, there’s a right way to sneeze and a wrong way to sneeze. We’re going to talk about the wrong way first and what it...

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Couch Surfing

Slept Wrong? Here’s How to Fix It Something I hear a lot in the office is: “Hey doc, I need to see you because I slept wrong.” I see this all the time, and everyone always says just like that, “I slept wrong.” It’s almost like a rite of passage, right? You turned 40, I just turned 40 and all the sudden it’s like, yep, I just sleep wrong. I had to be literally tackled by another human being to get back pain a couple of decades ago. But now, nope, my bed won that round. You know? I guess we’ll try again tonight. And so, I want to talk about it in the context of sleeping on the couch first, because this is something that you can avoid. You need to avoid sleeping on the couch, because this...

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Prevent and Cure Pain: Three Natural Options

Prevent and Cure Pain: Three Natural Options I get a lot of questions from patients about pain relief options. I addressed over the counter pain relievers in a recent blog post, and now I’d like to talk about what natural options I prefer. To avoid the dangerous side effects of NSAIDs and acetaminophen, I reach for natural cures instead. Here are a few of my favorites: turmeric, ginger, and fish oil. You’ve probably heard of turmeric before: it’s a spice. It’s going to be stored in your pantry, not in your medicine cabinet. Turmeric is a powdery spice from Southeast Asia, and when you put it on your food, it’s kind of orangey and yellowy in color. It’s going to make your food taste spicy, like ginger or garlicky, maybe, so I don’t necessarily like putting it into my food. But I love turmeric because turmeric...

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